Oskeim Sports previews Friday’s college bowl game between Purdue and Auburn. Oskeim recommends taking the points with the Boilermakers as one of his free football picks for December 28.
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Purdue is substantially better than its 6-6 record indicates as the Boilermakers lost their first three games of 2018 by a combined eight points. Purdue quickly regained its composure by winning four straight, including upsets over Boston College (30-13; 6-point underdog) and Ohio State (49-20; 12.5-point underdog).
Needing a win in their season finale, the Boilermakers defeated Indiana 28-21 to secure today’s trip to the Music City Bowl.
Motivation is at an all-time high on the Purdue campus after head coach Jeff Brohm turned down the job at his alma mater (Louisville) to stay in West Lafayette. Purdue has sold more than its allotted bowl tickets for Nashville so the Boilermakers should have a solid crowd advantage for today’s affair.
Meanwhile, Auburn commenced the 2018 campaign as a top-10 team with aspirations of playing in a more significant postseason contest.
To put today’s circumstances into perspective, Auburn reached the 2017 SEC Championship game by taking down Georgia and Alabama in the regular season. Fast forward to this season wherein the Tigers lost five of their final ten games before ultimately landing in the Music City Bowl.
Recent history also informs us of how poorly Auburn is capable of playing when they’re a disinterested bowl participant.
The Tigers lost Central Florida in last year’s Peach Bowl as 11.5-point favorites and head coach Gus Malzahn is 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATSin bowl games. With a 7-7 record since defeating Alabama last year and reaching as high as No. 4 in the AP Poll, rumors are circulating about a possible Malzahn buyout to make room for Bob Stoops.
Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham surprised many by declaring for the NFL Draft despite posting modest numbers this season (13 TDs, 5 INTs).
Purdue quarterback David Blough threw for more than 1,000 yards more than Stidham and finished with a 28-to-13 advantage in passing touchdowns as well. Wide receiver Rondale Moore will be the most electric player on the field this afternoon.
The talented freshman finished the regular season with 103 catches, 1,164 yards and 13 total touchdowns. Moore is dangerous as a receiver, runner and kick returner.
Finally, Brohm is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in bowl games, including upsetting Arizona in last year’s Alamo Bowl. Brohm is 8-2 ATS with five outright wins as an underdog at Purdue.
With Auburn standing at 23-23 SU and 18-26-1 ATS versus fellow bowl teams over the past five years, grab the points with the Boilermakers as one of Oskeim’s free football picks for Friday, December 28.
Oskeim Sports’ Free Football Picks:
- Purdue (+3.5) (-110) over Auburn